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Derrynane Walking Weekends

April 20th, 2012

Go Visit Ireland – Derrynane Hotel


May 11/12/13 & June 8/9/10,  2012

A weekend of walking, talking, folklore, history and nature based at The Derrynane Hotel, Nature’s Spa.  The leader for the weekend is Seán Ó Súilleabhain, Guidebook Author, Founder of the Kerry Way, local Historian.

  • FRIDAY 11th MAY 2012


Welcome briefing, illustrated talk (walks, local history, placenames etc.)


  • SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2012


Departure for Walk/Climb A: Eagles Hill

This gentle walk/climb starts along the Kerry Way walking trail to the Windy Gap, passing the site of prehistoric copper mines, before ascending Eagles Hill for panoramic views of fabled Glanmore and Lough Currane to the north and the Skellig Rocks sitting in the Atlantic Ocean and Kenmare River/Bay to the west and south.  Return to Caherdaniel by Coomnahorna.

Distance: 15km/9.5miles.        Ascent: 1,850ft/565m



Departure for Walk B: Derrynane Beach and Mass Path

A further section of the renowned Kerry Way walking trail takes you along Derrynane Beach onto Abbey Island, then on to the old Mass Path to Bunavalla, to return along the Butter Road to Caherdaniel village.  Rewards abound: views, nature and history, all in one package.

Distance: 9km/5.75miles.                    Ascent: 500ft/150m



Dinner in Derrynane Hotel Restaurant

Music from 9.30


  • SUNDAY 13th MAY 2012


Departure for Walk: Staigue Fort and the Kerry Way

We start by being driven to visit the spectacular stone fort of Staigue (c. 2,000 years old).  A 5km/3mile walk back to Caherdaniel along the eastern leg of the Butter Road (gentle descent almost all the way!) allows for an early finish to the day.

To allow for certain weather conditions or other factors, Go Visit Ireland and its guides reserve the right to alter Walks.  This will be done only as a last resort.

Package includes: 2B&B, 1D, 2 packed lunches, services of experienced walk guides, minibus transfers to/from walks.

Price: €129 pps